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Audit finds conflicts of interest in juvenile programs

Posted July 29, 2008 1:18 p.m. EDT

— A state audit of the Department of Juvenile Justice has found conflicts of interest on county boards that fund delinquency prevention programs.

Some members of the local Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils also manage programs that receive funding, creating a conflict between recommending the best programs for funding and boosting the programs they manage, State Auditor Les Merritt said in a statement.

Merritt said no abuse was found in any of the 14 counties, including Cumberland County, where a conflict occurred.

The audit also found counties and the state need to do a better job of monitoring the funded programs to ensure they produce desired results and to obtain more accurate data of participation in the programs.